2020 Mercedes E-Class Sedan vs. 2019 Jaguar XJ

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Safety

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The rear seatbelts optional on the E-Class Sedan inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The XJ doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the E-Class Sedan and the XJ have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available lane departure warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the E-Class Sedan its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 55 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XJ has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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There are over 2 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the E-Class Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the E-Class Sedan’s reliability 19 points higher than the XJ.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in initial quality. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 25th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the E 450 4MATIC Sedan 4MATIC V6 gets better fuel mileage than the XJ AWD supercharged V6 (20 city/28 hwy vs. 17 city/26 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the E-Class Sedan 53 AMG’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The XJ doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes E-Class Sedan, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the XJ.

Brakes and Stopping

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The E-Class Sedan stops much shorter than the XJ:

E-Class Sedan

XJ

70 to 0 MPH

154 feet

159 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the E-Class Sedan can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The XJ doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The E-Class Sedan has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The XJ’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The E-Class Sedan’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The XJ doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The E-Class Sedan 4MATIC handles at .93 G’s, while the XJL Portfolio pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The E-Class Sedan 4MATIC executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the XJL Portfolio (25.1 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 26.4 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the E-Class Sedan’s turning circle is tighter than the XJ’s:

E-Class Sedan

XJ

SWB Sedan

39 feet

39 feet

AWDSWB Sedan

39 feet

40.7 feet

Chassis

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The E-Class Sedan is 8.2 inches shorter than the XJ, making the E-Class Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The E-Class Sedan has .2 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the XJ.

Cargo Capacity

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The E-Class Sedan’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The XJ doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the E-Class Sedan’s trunk can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The XJ doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Jaguar. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 45% lower rating, Jaguar is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

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The E-Class Sedan offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The XJ doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The E-Class Sedan’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The XJ’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the E-Class Sedan to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The XJ doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the E-Class Sedan has standard extendable sun visors. The XJ doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mercedes E-Class offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The XJ doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The E-Class Sedan offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The XJ doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

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The Mercedes E-Class comes in coupe, convertible, sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Jaguar XJ isn’t available as a coupe, convertible or station wagon.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the E-Class Sedan owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the E-Class Sedan will cost $4340 to $8710 less than the XJ over a five-year period.

The E-Class Sedan will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the E-Class Sedan will retain 35.76% to 35.92% of its original price after five years, while the XJ only retains 30.03% to 35.52%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mercedes E-Class Sedan will be $25543 to $61042 less than for the Jaguar XJ.

Recommendations

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The E 450/E 53 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 2 years. The XJ has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mercedes E-Class outsold the Jaguar XJ by almost 36 to one during the 2019 model year.

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